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Changes in store for KBR LOGCAP employees on new BLS Task Order

Apparently some very significant changes will be implemented on the new LOGCAP IV Task Order 4, BLS contract which will directly affect employees right in the wallet. Below is an email from KBR’s LOGCAP IV Principal Program Manager Mike Mayo.

Program Management Office
4100 Clinton Drive
Houston, Texas 77020
TO: LOGCAP KBR Employees
FROM: Mike Mayo, LOGCAP IV Principal Program Manager

SUBJECT: Pay Program for LOGCAP IV Iraq Post 2011 Base Life Support Task Order 0004

DATE: 03 August 2011

Soon the LOGCAP IV transition team will begin extending job offers to LOGCAP III and LOGCAP IV individuals for Task Order 0004, which was recently awarded to KBR. The job offers will include the position, base salary, work week hours and other pay compensation items. Details regarding your salary and compensation will also be included on the Iraq Base Life Support data sheet when you sign your employment agreement. When you receive a job offer, a calculator will be provided to allow you to approximate your change in pay. A pay compensation overview is provided below.

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KBR’s crappy crappers ruled non-combatants

Hannibal Had Problems With Latrines Too, Judge Says in Dismissing Claim Against KBR

Somewhere in Iraq

Adam Klasfeld – MANHATTAN (CN) – April 4, 2011 – In an order that cites poor conditions in military latrines from Iraq today to George Washington to Hannibal, a federal judge ruled that Kellogg, Brown & Root cannot be sued by an employee who tripped in a toilet it maintained in Iraq’s Camp Shield.

“At first glance, indoor latrine maintenance may not appear related to combatant activity,” U.S. District Judge Kevin Castel wrote in his 28-page order. “But, since at least the Roman campaign against Carthage there has been an acknowledged relationship between the upkeep of latrines and the health of fighting forces.”

Castel’s historically minded order dismissed a case by Richard Aiello, a civilian contractor who sought $2 million after tripping in a toilet at Camp Shield, a U.S. military base about 3 miles outside the Green Zone in Baghdad, near Sadr City.

Camp Shield was mortared and rocketed three times around Easter 2008, and soldiers civilian contractors guarded the perimeter from inside observation towers, the order states.

But KBR failed to guard against the “menace” posed by a poorly maintained toilet, Aiello wrote in his Sept. 15, 2009 complaint.

“[T]he bathroom was improperly designed and constructed so that persons had to stand on loose tiles to use the bathroom,” Aiello said. He added that “defendant was further negligent in that its agents, servants and/or employees, washed the aforesaid tiles and failed to properly post a sign or warn persons of said wet and slippery condition, all of which constituted a danger, menace, hazard, nuisance and trap.”

KBR sought dismissal last year, claiming immunity under rules prohibiting the court’s jurisdiction in cases involving political questions and combatant activities.

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San Marco City Council members want KBR’s contact canceled under new ethics policy

Two on council want policy to scratch KBR

News Reporter

In September, the San Marcos City Council adopted a set of ethical criteria for the award of contracts. Now, Councilmembers Chris Jones and Jude Prather say they want to change the policy so it applies to KBR and others to whom the policy does not apply.

Prather said he spent 95 percent of his tour of duty as a U.S. soldier in Iraq escorting KBR trucks. Prather served in the 100th Battalion 442nd Infantry Regiment for nine months in Iraq and Kuwait.

“The drivers they (KBR) hired were from every corner of the world,” said Prather, who returned from his second tour of duty in August 2009. “And some of them wouldn’t even know how to drive a stick shift. They would just be thrown straight in the mix … A lot of them were unqualified to drive, and it would compromise safety during the mission. Having a breakdown on an Iraqi highway from an unqualified driver is about the worst place to be broke down.”

Prather said the only soldier in his unit to die in Iraq during his tour was named Casey Hill, a gunner whose Humvee was struck by a KBR truck. Read the remainder of this entry »

Defense Cover-Up Management Agency (DCMA) – Part 2

US Air Force MSgt Keven L. Barnes

This is Part 2 in a series of original articles to be published on MsSparky.com by former QAR discussing his personal experiences with the oversight of ’s LOGCAP III contract. Defense Cover-Up Management Agency (DCMA) – Part 1 can be read HERE.

The next Statement of Procedure (SOP) I was to turn my attention to was the Water. The concern about the water in the Green Zone was elevated after laundry operations went down for 17 days because the laundry machines became contaminated with diesel fuel. In addition, I had several complaints from military personnel that their showers “smelled like diesel fuel”. I heard that same complaint nearly every week. I told our DCMA commanders about these concerns and they laughed it off. No action was taken to locate the cause of the fuel smell by either Col Miles or his replacement, U.S. Army Col McQuain.

The State Department and US Embassy personnel became very upset about the laundry being shut down (no dry cleaning services) and I was told to find out the cause. Now I have have clients of the LOGCAP contract informing me their shower smells like diesel fuel and the laundry goes down for 17 days because of fuel contamination. I felt the next logical step was to perform an inspection of the KBR Water Operations to assess their compliance with the Statement of Procedure. I informed KBR of the impending Water Operations inspection and gave them a week to prepare. To that date, KBR’s Water Operations in the Green Zone had never been inspected by DCMA. I questioned on a daily basis what the previous DCMA Quality Assurance Representative (QAR) were doing? The Statement of Procedure for Water Operations stated the requirements for super chlorinating, daily inspections and logbooks. I was to find that none of these requirements were being adequately performed, if at all. Read the remainder of this entry »

KBR’s contracts are classified? What is the DoD hiding?

Army Secretary says KBR contract still classified

Published: Tuesday, September 01, 2010, 6:41  PM
Julie Sullivan, The Oregonian Julie Sullivan, The Oregonian

The Army’s combat mission in Iraq has ended, but details of the no-bid contract it signed with Kellogg, Brown and Root before the war started remain classified.

On Tuesday, Sec. of the Army John McHugh  said he would not release the contract’s specifics that holds taxpayers — and not KBR — responsible for any harm to a soldier or civilian as it worked restoring Iraqi oil flows in 2003.

But in a two-page response to U. S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer’s demand for details, McHugh reveals how unusual the Army’s arrangement with the former Halliburton subsidiary was.

“Apart from the Restore Iraqi Oil contract with KBR, no other Army contracts awarded since 2001….contain indemnification provisions,” McHugh wrote. “The Army has made no payments as a result of indemnification provisions with contractors supporting contingency operations in Iraq. Afghanistan or anywhere else.”

In July, Blumenauer demanded the Army produce the contract after KBR’s claims of immunity emerged in a U.S. District Court case in Portland. Chris Heinrich, a KBR attorney, said in a sworn deposition that after KBR signed its Restore Iraqi Oil contract and as the March 2003 invasion was taking place, he went to the Pentagon himself to demand immunity for KBR.

He told Army officials that KBR refused to do the restoration without “broad coverage.” KBR required that taxpayers — not the war contractor — pay for any property damage, injury or death at any KBR site. That applies even if the harm resulted from KBR negligence. KBR eventually billed the government $2.5 billion for the work.

But it could cost taxpayers millions more. Dozens of National Guard soldiers from four states have sued KBR since 2008 claiming the contractor knowingly or negligently exposed them to a cancer-causing chemical at the Qarmat Ali water treatment plant. Among them: 26 Oregon Army National Guard soldiers who arrived at the Iraq plant in late May 2003. They claim breathing, stomach and skin issues result from their exposure to hexavalent chromium.

Blumenauer expressed disbelief that the specifics would remain classified — even after combat operations ceased.

“Who is it precisely we’re keeping information from?” he asked. “It appears the only reason to invoke this classification at this point is to keep information from the American public.”

Blumenauer said he is drafting a bill requiring such an arrangement be reported to Congress in the future. “There ought to be someone looking over their shoulders.”

Meanwhile, the National Guard soldiers’ case is moving forward in Portland. Monday, U.S. District Magistrate Judge Paul Papak denied a KBR motion to dismiss.

Spokeswoman Heather Browne said KRB disagrees with the judge and may appeal. She restated KBR’s stand that the Army was responsible for safety at the plant. (click HERE for original article)